David Williams says win or lose, he'll be in Frankfort longer than Gov. Beshear

07/06/2011 09:17 AM

Republican Senate President David Williams has no plans to leave Frankfort anytime soon, intending to either occupy the governor’s office or stay in his role as leader of the state Senate, he told Pure Politics in a recent interview.

Williams is the GOP nominee in this year’s governor’s race, running against incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith.

In addition to the governor’s race, Kentucky is also dealing with redistricting this year and Williams’ southern Kentucky district is surrounded by other districts that need to expand.

The Republican-controlled Senate will be redrawing its districts as the year progresses and could wait to see how the governor’s race plays out before drawing the lines.

If Williams wins, his district would be open and could alleviate some tough map drawing in southern and eastern Kentucky districts, most of which have lost population.

If Williams does not win the governor’s office, his district is one of many that could be played with. It appears at least some eastern/southern Kentucky districts may need to be put together to create one larger district to satisfy census requirements.

In his interview with Pure Politics, Williams cast away any hints of retirement if he loses in his gubernatorial bid. But he did say he’s talked with some of his Senate peers handling redistricting about his district, mainly because he’s confident in his chances to land the governor’s office.

And he made one point clear: regardless of outcome, Williams plans to outlast Beshear’s tenure in Frankfort, one way or another.

-Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston


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